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1. He is late for school.

2. He is late for class.

3. He is late for work.

4. He is never late for a movie.

5. He is late to school.

6. He is late to class.

7. He is late to work.

8. He is never late to a movie.

Which of the above sentences is NOT acceptable?
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Hi guys,

1. He is late for school.

2. He is late for class.

3. He is late for work.

4. He is never late for a movie.

5. He is late to school.

6. He is late to class.

7. He is late to work.

8. He is never late to a movie.

Which of the above sentences is NOT acceptable? I rather feel the 'to' versions are a bit substandard.

In addition and generally speaking, I'd say the 'to' versions are something you'd say after the person has arrived at his destination. On the other hand, the 'for' versions are said before the arrival, and do not even indicate that the person actually did ever arrive.

Best wishes, Clive
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Teo
1. He is late for school.

2. He is late for class.

3. He is late for work.

4. He is never late for a movie.

5. He is late to school.

6. He is late to class.

7. He is late to work.

8. He is never late to a movie.

Which of the above sentences is NOT acceptable?

I think I come across "for" and "to" with fairly equal frequencey.

However, we would normally say it is too late "to do something", or "for doing something".
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Clive
I rather feel the 'to' versions are a bit substandard.

In addition and generally speaking, I'd say the 'to' versions are something you'd say after the person has arrived at his destination. On the other hand, the 'for' versions are said before the arrival, and do not even indicate that the person actually did ever arrive.

Best wishes, Clive
I agree with your clear differentiation, except for the "substandard" part. 'I'm late to to class' rolls off my tongue as if I use it with regularity. Emotion: wink Google (not my ultimate in resources) offers a difference of about 188K to 176K, in favor of "for".
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